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The new XPRIZE competitions focus on creating clean water and preventing violence against women. XPRIZE aims to make solutions for the world’s most taxing issues (Photo via XPRIZE)   It's contest season! For its latest set of contests, the XPRIZE nonprofit looks to tackle some of our biggest issues: clean water and violence against women. The first competition is the Water Abundance XPRIZE, which aims to harvest clean water from the air using renewable resources. Competitors will hav ...
nScope was developed by Northwestern University alumni Nick Marchuk and David Meyer as a platform to facilitate the teaching of electronics  outside a traditional lab environment. The USB-powered hardware and software package effectively transforms any laptop into an electronics workbench, with a power supply, oscilloscope and function generator.   Like many successful crowd-funding initiatives, nScope was originally conceived as a solution to a fairly common problem – how to en ...
The First Armistice Day   On November 11th, Veteran's Day (in the US) and Remembrance Day (in Canada) will be celebrated.   Originally known as Armistice Day, it was originally celebrated as a commemoration of the end of armed engagement in World War I. But this day (a national holiday in both countries) goes well beyond a reminder of how long and painful "the Great War," was. It is a day that serves as a reminder to all citizens of the duty and sacrifices that armed forces members ...
These days, the phrase “game changing” is so overused that it’s become the go-to hyperbole for any tech development that slightly moves the needle in a given field. However, every so often the industry experiences a genuine tectonic shift that leaves the landscape permanently altered in its wake.   More than a century ago, the Industrial Revolution spurred one of the most dramatic shifts in human history from primarily man-made manufacturing to the dawn of machinery. Tod ...
Opening their doors in major cities all over the world, digital manufacturing hubs provide engineers with access to the resources and advanced technologies they need to drive innovation and solve age-old industrial problems. They’re also providing impressive value for business – creating jobs and attracting an influx of media attention, corporate funding and partnership opportunities to the municipalities that host them.   Here are some notable digital manufacturing hubs that a ...